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Illinois Courts Response to COVID-19

Remote Proceedings | State of Illinois Office of the Illinois Courts

Illinois Courts remained open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic by moving many court proceedings, where appropriate, to remote hearings in almost every type of case. The Illinois Supreme Court has recognized the importance of remote hearings in Supreme Court Rules 45, 46 and 241 and emphasized that remote appearances should not be viewed as merely temporary COVID-induced measures. In addition, remote hearings constitute a boon not only to self-represented litigants but also attorneys and other court participants who have reaped numerous benefits. Remote hearings have brought greater party participation, fewer defaults and failures to appear, and enhanced case management and scheduling.

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Remote Proceedings Task Force

In recognizing the importance of continuing the positive change brought by the transition to remote proceedings by phone or videoconference, the Supreme Court’s Illinois Judicial Conference has formed a Remote Proceedings Task Force (Task Force). The Task Force is charged with evaluating the current state of remote proceedings and connecting best practices for virtual hearings from across the state.